Safeguarding California Plan: 2017 Update – California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy Draft Release and Workshop Schedule

The Safeguarding California Plan: 2017 Update – California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy will build on nearly a decade of adaptation strategies, which includes the 2009 California Adaptation Strategy and the 2014 Safeguarding California to communicate current and needed actions state government should take to build climate change resiliency. How we manage our water, grow our food, transport our goods, and live our daily lives has been built around the climate and weather we experience. We use a number of words, including adaptation, resilience, readiness, and safeguarding, to describe a simple concept: ensuring that people, communities, and natural systems are able to withstand the impacts of climate disruption.

The Draft of the 2017 Update can be found here:

By drawing upon reliable, time-tested strategies today, tailored to what we learn from our communities across the state, we can increase resilience to the effects of climate change and mitigate the harmful impacts to future generations. Your experience and expertise would make your perspective invaluable to our workshop, so we invite you to be part of this cooperation through the following public workshops or directly to the Natural Resources Agency at

If you are planning on attending a public workshop, please confirm your participation by contacting us at We hope to see you there.

Workshop Dates and Locations

May 16: Merced Safeguarding California Workshop

Time: 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: UC Merced, 5200 Lake Rd, Merced, CA 95340
Tenaya Room (170 & 175), Alpine Bldg.

May 22: Bay Area Safeguarding California Workshop

Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Milton Marks Conference Center
455 Golden Gate Ave, Lower Level
San Francisco, CA 94102
**A Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document Workshop will take place here in the afternoon from 1:30pm to 5:00pm.

May 30: Coachella Safeguarding California Workshop

Time: 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: Coachella Public Works Department
Coachella Corporate Yard 53462 Enterprise Way, Coachella, CA 92236

May 31: Los Angeles Safeguarding California Workshop

Time: 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: Veterans Memorial Building, Rotunda Room
4117 Overland Avenue Culver City, CA
Culver City, CA 90230

June 12: San Diego Safeguarding California Workshop

Time: 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: University of San Diego, Mother Rosalie Hall, Warren Auditorium,
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

June 14: Sierra Nevada Safeguarding California Workshop

Time: 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: Community Development Resource Center, Hearing Room
3091 County Center Drive
Auburn, CA 95603

NOTE: To attend any of these workshops, please register by emailing

Public comments will be accepted until June 23, 2017. Please send public comments to the Natural Resources Agency via mail or email:

1416 Ninth St, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814


Safeguarding California and Climate Change Adaptation Policy

California is leading the way on greenhouse gas emissions reductions to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, but no matter how quickly we reduce our polluting emissions, climate impacts will still occur. Many impacts – increased fires, floods, severe storms and heat waves – are occurring already and will only become more frequent and more dangerous. But there are many things we can do to protect against climate impacts. Taking steps now to adapt to climate change will protect public health and safety, our economy and our future.

The California Natural Resources Agency has led the state’s climate change adaptation strategy since 2008. This strategy, now called the Safeguarding California Plan, helps organize and synthesize activities happening in three general areas: State Policies and Programs, Local and Regional Action and Projects, and Research and Tool Development. All of these areas are interconnected, and the Natural Resources Agency is working with its many partners to spur progress in all areas.

Learn more about Safeguarding California and the State’s comprehensive planning and action for resilience to climate change below.

Safeguarding California

Safeguarding California is the strategy that organizes state government climate change adaptation activities. Executive Order S-13-08 required the Natural Resources Agency to prepare the state’s first climate adaptation strategy. In 2014, the Natural Resources Agency rebranded the first update of the 2009 as Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk, also known as the Safeguarding California Plan. In 2016, the Natural Resources Agency released Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans in accordance with Executive Order B-30-15.

The Natural Resources Agency is preparing a 2017 update to the Safeguarding California Plan. A draft of the plan for public comment will be released in May 2017, beginning a lengthy engagement process to strengthen it by working with communities across the state. Preceding this public comment process, the Natural Resources Agency has released a high-level policy document showing preliminary recommendations that will form part of the foundation of the State’s plan to protect California’s people, natural resources, and built environment from climate change:

High-Level Policy Recommendations for Safeguarding California

All of these documents outline climate vulnerabilities, identify actions and policy recommendations to address them, and report on existing efforts and science in across various sectors for policymakers and the public.

Read more about the evolution of Safeguarding California and its supporting documents:

2009 California Adaptation Strategy
2010 California Climate Adaptation Strategy First Year Report

2014 Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk
Fact Sheets on California Climate Risks

2016 Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans

Find the full 2016 Safeguarding Implementation Action Plans, including an Executive Summary, here. Each of the ten sector plans in the report can be found individually below.


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